Welcome to CLOSTPATH 10

We are pleased to invite you to take part in Clostpath 10

The International Conferences on the Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of the Clostridia (Clostpath) have been a leading venue to bring together clinicians and scientists for forefront research on the molecular biology of clostridia and their role in health and disease. In keeping with this tradition, Clostpath 10 will cover all aspects of clostridia-dependent pathogenesis, regulation of virulence factors, host-pathogen interactions, structure and mode of actions of clostridial toxins, development of new genetic tools as well as epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of clostridia-caused diseases. 

Clostpath 10 will take place August 7-10, 2017, in the United States, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the historic University of Michigan campus. 

The scientific program of Clostpath 10 will include keynote lectures by internationally recognized leaders in clostridial research and clinical practice. In addition to state-of-the-art invited talks about the most recent and exciting discoveries in the field, short oral contributions will be selected from submitted abstracts. Lively poster presentations will give the opportunity for attendees to discuss their ongoing work with a broad audience in line with the goal to bring together basic science with clinical and translational research issues. 

Clostpath 10 will feature sessions devoted to One Health this year. One Health (see https://www.onehealthcommission.org as an example) represents the collaborative efforts of scientists and multiple health science professions to strive for optimal health for people, domestic and wild animals and the environment. Given the global importance of the Clostridia in these areas, we felt that it is important to bring this important concept to Clostpath 10. This recognition of the global interconnectedness of the microbial world is also reflected in efforts such as the National Microbiome Initiative (see http://bit.ly/2jUrN2G for information). We encourage abstract submitters to consider having their work highlighted in the One Health sessions.

As always, there is an emphasis in involving students and young scientists, and the meeting provides an ideal venue for them to share their recent work and to discuss their data with leading scientists. In addition to standard poster sessions, trainees are eligible to also present their work in one of two “flash oral presentation” sessions. These sessions will allow selected trainees to present short 5 minute talks to the entire audience in addition to their paper posters. The flash oral presentations are designed to highlight a key feature of their work and participants will be eligible for prizes awarded to the best presentations.

The number of participants in Clostpath 10 will be limited to about 200. This guarantees committed interactions and intensive discussions of findings presented. 

We very much look forward to seeing you at the Clostpath 10 Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan! 

Yours sincerely, 

Vincent Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Clostpath Conference Chairman